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Outlander knitting – Mrs. Fitz’s Mitts

photo 5It’s no secret I have caught the knitting bug. No matter that until quite recently it’s been 100 degrees here but I’m SET for when winter finally gets here.

The next thing on my list was Mrs. Fitz’s mitts. I only wanted mine to fit a little tighter, and just have a more modern look.

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I mean, just look how happy she is?! It’s got to be because her hands are all snuggly and warm.

You can find the pattern I used here. 

I LOVE these. It was my first time attempting to knit a thumb hole, and I think they turned out really well. They fit nice and tight, so the pattern may need to be adjusted if you’re worried about them being TOO tight. The hand part is done with a provisional cast on and garter stitch back and forth. It makes it nice and cushy. Then the arm part is done in the round. Cute, huh?!

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So what’s next?! Well, even though I’m still quite a beginner, I’m going to try my hand at Claire’s “rent” shawl. I love it so much. I have a few patterns but the whole increase stuff is a big intimidating. So I may be visiting my local knit shop for some help.

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The Outlander Evangelist knits again!

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It’s safe to say this cowl has been my obsession since this picture was first released. It looks so warm and chunky and the texture is just gorgeous. I was dying to make one myself but as I just started knitting a few weeks ago I had no idea how manageable this would be. photo 2Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 7.49.50 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 7.50.03 PM Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 7.50.28 PM

The verdict? It’s so easy. Once again my local knit shop was the place to go, and the owner there took one look at the picture and grabbed the needles and yarn that would work, and told me what to do. In less that a day, I had created this gorgeous scarf.

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The pattern is simple. I used US size 36 needles, 4 strands at a time of cascades eco yarn.

If you have a shorter neck or don’t want it super chunky, I’d suggest trying 2 or 3 strands at a time. Then you can cast on 12-15 stitches, depending on how wide you want it, and just keep knitting in rows back and forth until it’s long enough to loop over twice. Then sew the ends together to make a big infinity scarf.

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And if you want to wear it a more modern way – this works too.

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Outlander crafting

Once this show came out with some of the promotional images like these:

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Both images credit here.

I knew I was DOOMED with love for all those knitted pieces! I didn’t know how to knit, can crochet just a bit, but I wanted them. I’m always up for learning new things; I’ve basically taught myself how to sew, and if there is a youtube video for it, I can do it!

Recently, I’ve been coveting Claire’s knitted mitts. Last week’s Episode 103 had some that looked super easy:

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I figured I could probably make those. Easy enough, they don’t have thumb holes, and these specific ones didn’t even have cables (several of the other ones I’ve seen her wear do!).

So I took to youtube and to my trusty local yarn/knitting store and got some great guidance and advice. I highly recommend if you are learning to knit to talk to your local knitters. They were so helpful in calming me down, giving me a pep talk, and sending me on my way. I got set up with the right needles, the right yarn, an easy pattern, and off I went.

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I immediately got home and got started. I had almost finished one mitt and realized I had dropped a stitch halfway. I wasn’t liking how it was going so I yanked the whole thing out and started again. In a few days, I had two almost perfect wrist warmers!

Leave it to Outlander to inspire ME to start knitting. I was so surprised with how to easy it was and I plan to try that gorgeous cowl next!

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Now all I need is for fall to arrive.

What crafty thing has Outlander inspired you to do?